Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Let’s take another walk down memory lane: The Lake Worth Police Department.

For details about the City Commission Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 28th use this link.

Below are statistics published in 2007 of crime rates in the City of Lake Worth during the previous year. This is before PBSO took over policing the City. It’s alarming to think about what we lived through and there were some who later thought it was a good idea to go back to our own police department. We would then be free to make even more cuts regardless of the impact on crime on our resident and visitor population.

Public perception changes only over the long term. I am not suggesting that things are perfect now, but they are a lot better than they used to be. The high crime rate was one of the reasons our property values plunged so deeply during the Great Recession.

Things are still not perfect but the upward trajectory has been very positive ever since PBSO took over for ineffective Lake Worth PD. Some of you will remember this gem, the former city manager and a former commissioner in full retreat after trying to end the PBSO contract: Can the City of Lake Worth ever get it’s own police department back? It’s possible. But first a lot of things will have to change in this City.

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